Postal Meter Strip Announcing a Mersenne Prime


Computing devices have long influenced the development of number theory, including the discovery of prime numbers. This postal meter strip is an example of the imprint used by the Mathematics Department at the University of Illinois to announce the discovery there of a new Mersenne prime. This particular postal meter strip example was never used in the mail.

Date Made: 1975

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Illinois, Urbana

Subject: Mathematics


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Credit Line: Gift of Prof. Paul T. Bateman

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1999.3080.02Nonaccession Number: 1999.3080Catalog Number: 1999.3080.02

Object Name: Postal Meter Strip

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: .1 cm x 10.6 cm x 3.4 cm; 1/32 in x 4 3/16 in x 1 11/32 in


Record Id: nmah_694714

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